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Trouble with Cats

Trouble with Cats

When our neighbor listed his house and sold it just a few days later, we were excited.  We thought that it would be great to have someone new living next to us.

But there were red flags the first day they moved in, with the most noticeable one being their cat wandering around in our yard.  When we confronted the neighbor, she told us that it was an indoor cat and we had nothing to worry about.

That was the first lie of many.

As the weeks went on, their cat continued to be outside in our yard, and it proceeded to use our yard as a litter box.  Where we once had flowers, there was only dead plants.

We had to do something.

While we approached the administration at our town office, they could not do anything to help us.

We had to take matters into our own hands.

After trying a number of home remedies to get rid of the cats, we decided to try a commercial cat repeller to keep the cats out of the yard.  It took a bit of trial and error to find the right places where to setup the repellers, but after we had things figured out, it worked very well.  I loved that it was a safe way to deal with the cat problems in our yard in such a way that it was safe for our kids as well.

The cats were gone.  Thank goodness.

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October 9, 20150 comments
Raising Kids in the Digital Age

Raising Kids in the Digital Age

Raising our children has been quite the learning experience for us.  My wife and I were raised differently, and it has made finding some kind of middle-ground challenging at best.  But just like our parents did, we are muddling through it one day at a time.

I am thankful for the resources that the internet provides us when it comes to parenting advice.  There have been many situations where we had no idea as to what we should do, so we turn to our computers for the advice we need to make informed decisions.

It definitely helps.

One of the resources that we constantly turn to when we are looking for direction for raising our children would be Raising Kids to Care, a parenting blog that looks at the issues that most of us parents face and provides insight as to what we can do to make a positive impact on our child’s life and growth.

What I love most about the online blogs that deal with parenting issues is that they provide another perspective when it comes to dealing with the challenges we are facing.  Most of the time, this other point of view sheds light on how we can be better parents and do a better job of raising our kids.

If you are a parent, I would recommend that you check out Raising Kids to Care by clicking here

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October 7, 20150 comments
Keeping Myself Occupied at the Airport

Keeping Myself Occupied at the Airport

I don’t remember the last time that I was sitting at the airport waiting to pick someone up, but it sure does require a lot of patience.  Sure, I spent some time watching the planes and drinking coffee, but there is only so much of that you can do before you get bored.

And boy it didn’t take long.

So, I found myself fooling around on my phone trying to find a game to play.  I really wanted something challenging and fun, yet it had to be simple enough that I could pick up right away.

So, I looked on iTunes to see what I could find.

It didn’t take me long before I discovered Froodie: Free Jump, a Frogger arcade game.  It really reminds me of the original, and since I had played it a lot in my youth, I figured it would be fun and a walk in the park to beat it.

But what I hadn’t counted on was the time limit that exists for each level.  Instead of being patient and taking my time to time things right, I found myself panicking a little bit because I didn’t know if I would get the frog across the level in time.

It was a lot of fun and kept me occupied while waiting at the airport.

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Stopping Facebook Video Autoplay on my Phone

Stopping Facebook Video Autoplay on my Phone

I hate to admit it, but I am with a mobile carrier that limits my data.  Sure, I would love to be on a plan where I had unlimited data, but unfortunately that isn’t an option with the company I am using right now.  So, I have to be careful and monitor how much data I am using and adjust my behavior accordingly.

Just when I thought I had everything figured out and my data was rationed appropriately, something happened that really threw a wrench into things: Facebook started autoplaying videos.

Now, I thought that it would be a feature that they would test and let go, but after a few weeks of noticing this problem, I knew that I had to do something about it – if I was to pass over my data limit on my mobile phone plan it would get very expensive.

I knew that there had to be a tutorial on how to stop Facebook video autoplay, and sure enough I was able to find one over on  It is a great resource for tutorials and news that geeks would find informative, and they had the easiest instructions that I had ever seen for shutting off the autoplay videos.

That little tutorial helped me out immensely.

If you are having issues relating to Facebook videos playing automatically on your phone, you can learn how to stop it by heading over to

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Losing Weight by Curbing my Appetite at Night

Losing Weight by Curbing my Appetite at Night

One of the things that I have really struggled with when it comes to losing weight is the hunger that I feel in the evening.  My stomach usually starts to grumble around 8:30 at night, and unless I feed it, it doesn’t stop making a lot of noise.

Unfortunately for the bathroom scale, I usually give in.

I know that this habit of eating late at night is really helping to slow my weight loss and undo all of the hard work that I have done.

It sucks.

But I decided to do something about it.

After researching a number of appetite suppressants on the market, I decided to give one a try.  The one that I picked was the Ace G2 pill, a diet suppressant that helps me to kick my habit of eating at night.  I chose this particular one because of the number of positive reviews I read online.

So far, it has worked very well.

I was skeptical at first that a simple pill could be the solution to my problems, but I had told myself that I had to give it a shot.  If I didn’t take control of my cravings, my weight gain would continue, and I was really afraid of being in a situation where I had serious health issues thanks to my weight.

But after using the supplement for a few days, I noticed that I just wasn’t hungry in the evenings anymore.  I was making better choices when it came to eating, and I have even seen a few pounds disappear from my waistline.

It feels good to make some progress.

I know it will take time for me to make it down to my goal weight, but I really feel that using this appetite control pill has really taken me a giant leap forward on my weight loss journey.

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Hired Voiceover Actors to Narrate our Training Videos

Hired Voiceover Actors to Narrate our Training Videos

For the last six months I have been working on creating training videos that we can use to get new staff up to speed with our corporate culture and procedures in a more efficient manner.  Up until this point we have relied upon our experienced staff to do the training, but there just won’t be time during our busy season.

I figured that the training videos would solve the problem and keep our experienced staff focused on the job instead of losing time (and getting behind) training new staff.

It took me a long time to create the Power Point slides that were going to be used in the videos, and at the end of six months, I had created approximately 14 presentations.

Next was the part of doing voice-overs with the slides to make training videos.

I thought it would be simple enough.

But it was not.

You see, I sounded horrible on the recordings.  I knew that I couldn’t sing, but it was a surprise that my voice was bad when recorded as well.

It just wouldn’t do for the quality that we needed from these videos.

I had to find help.

After searching online, I was able to find some voice over actors from that specialized in the skills I lacked.  They would be able to provide the confident and professional narrative to these instructional videos that would really help make our training program a success.

We hired them to do the voiceovers for the entire set of training videos.

Once the voice overs are complete, all that will be left is to create the training videos by combining the slides that I created and the narrative provided by the actors.  Hopefully we will be able to get everything done before our next new batch of trainees at the end of October.

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Setting Up my New Phone

Setting Up my New Phone

After a little mishap where my phone ended up in the toilet, I found myself in need of a new phone.  So, I headed out to the local mobility shop where I picked up a new Samsung Galaxy S6.

It was pretty nice.

But I wasn’t a big fan of all of the included apps.  I am big about efficiency, and would rather see the programs that I want on there instead of a bunch of bloatware.

Since I don’t have a lot of free time, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to test a whole bunch of apps to try and find the best ones.  I needed to find the best android music player, Twitter client, and grocery apps for my phone.

I really only use a handful of apps.

In my search for finding a site that had reviews of the best apps on the market, I came across  They covered just about everything that that anyone would need for their phone, and I really appreciated that their reviews were in English and not some kind of techno-babble.

It is definitely a great place to start if you are looking to get the most out of your Android phone.  To see what I mean, head on over to their site here

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October 6, 20150 comments
Learning How to Maximize our Website Marketing

Learning How to Maximize our Website Marketing

One of the reasons that our company decided that it was important to have a website presence was that we wanted to reach out to the world.  We had something good to sell, and the internet provided us with a means of reaching customers on every corner of the Earth..

But moving our business to the world wide web and to a global audience provided us with a steep learning curve: there was a lot of things that we needed to know when it came to marketing our website.

Along our travels, we encountered a number of sites that had valuable information and a large number of sites that were just a bunch of fluff.

Over time we filtered out the junk to only a handful of websites that would help us to maximize the time we spent on our online marketing campaigns.  We spent time on what worked and ignored what didn’t.

It just made sense.

One example of a good resource to help you with your online marketing strategy is  Google Fact provides proven techniques to help you get your website ranked well in the Google search engine.  I personally love the site because of the emphasis on infographics – I have always been a visual learner, and I really find infographics speak to me more than a screen full of text.  We have tested and implemented some of the marketing techniques found on their site and we have really seen some good results.

To learn how to maximize your website marketing with current and proven techniques that work, head on over to now.

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Quality Website Hosting in Dubai

Quality Website Hosting in Dubai

One of the things that has always been true for any website that we have owned has been that we have had better success with our online businesses when the servers are hosted in the country that we are marketing to.  Whether it is simply related to the better search engine rankings that we receive or a faster customer experience, we will continue to buy hosting in the countries that our websites are catering to.

So when we decided to start selling products online in Dubai, we decided it was time to get a hosting account in that country.  It wasn’t going to be enough for us to host with a company that was based out of Dubai, instead we were looking for a company that provided hosting on servers physically located in Dubai, UAE.

After a bit of looking on the internet, we were able to find a company that offered website hosting in Dubai at a great price.  In fact, their yearly rate was lower than we pay over here and we were able to get a hosting package that meets our needs now, but still leaves us room to grow.

The account was setup quickly, and I am impressed with the actual speed of the server our site is on – it seems a lot faster than typical shared hosting accounts.

With our site now up, we have to wait for sales to start trickling in – we are hoping that our expansion into Dubai will be very lucrative for our company.

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October 5, 20150 comments
Setting Up a Language Lab at School

Setting Up a Language Lab at School

For years, parents at our school have fought to have a French immersion program.  While the funding was not there at the start, the community came together, and through many fundraisers, were able to get the funds to make the program happen.

This year was the first year that the school has started to offer classes in French, and the response has been very positive.  In order to make the program easier for the kids, we have decided to setup a language lab in the school.  It was up to the parents to come up with the equipment needed to make it happen – the school only had enough money for the programming.

So, we held a number of steak nights to make enough money to buy the audio equipment and bulk headphones that we needed.  In fact, we had money left over after all the equipment was purchased thanks to the good deal that gave us on the headphones – we paid less than half of what any other local company would offer us.

It is definitely good to see the school working with the parents to provide better learning opportunities for the kids in our community.  I know that this will be the first of many such partnerships in our area.

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October 4, 20150 comments